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(CBS Chicago)   Chess grandmaster takes on 10 jail inmates blindfolded and wins, still has no idea what happened to his wallet and watch   (chicago.cbslocal.com) divider line 24
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2013-11-04 07:15:54 AM
Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, who started the program last year, said the goal is to direct inmates away from their predilection toward seeking out instant gratification, and urge them to think before they act. He said chess teaches people patience and strategy, and acting impulsively will be devastating.

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Inmate Anthony Wooden was cocky going in, since Gareev couldn't see the board.
"I know I can beat him," he said. "I've been playing chess since the 6th grade."


If chess could do what the sheriff thinks it can, don't you think this inmate Wooden would be somewhere other than jail?
 
2013-11-04 07:23:11 AM

SurfaceTension: Inmate Anthony Wooden was cocky going in, since Gareev couldn't see the board.
"I know I can beat him," he said. "I've been playing chess since the 6th grade."


Also I think it's the man going in blindfolded here who's the cocky one!

Anyway, all he's going to do is teach criminals to think through their actions... so he's going to create a prison full of master criminal geniuses. If they only knew what they could achieve by working together.
 
2013-11-04 07:33:15 AM

Slaxl: SurfaceTension: Inmate Anthony Wooden was cocky going in, since Gareev couldn't see the board.
"I know I can beat him," he said. "I've been playing chess since the 6th grade."

Also I think it's the man going in blindfolded here who's the cocky one!

Anyway, all he's going to do is teach criminals to think through their actions... so he's going to create a prison full of master criminal geniuses. If they only knew what they could achieve by working together.


We can only hope.  Quite frankly, the current crop of criminal masterminds is...lacking.
 
2013-11-04 08:16:52 AM

PainInTheASP: We can only hope.  Quite frankly, the current crop of criminal masterminds is...lacking.


I don't know, I think Bank of America and Goldman Sachs are doing quite well for themselves.
 
2013-11-04 08:21:54 AM

degenerate-afro: I don't know, I think Bank of America and Goldman Sachs are doing quite well for themselves.


Indeed.
 
2013-11-04 09:00:47 AM

SurfaceTension: degenerate-afro: I don't know, I think Bank of America and Goldman Sachs are doing quite well for themselves.

Indeed.


True, but that's what unlimited funding will get you.  I'm talking about an honest-to-goodness homegrown criminal super-genius.  Like the Green Bay Packers of supervilliany.

It's like Hollywood.  Money killed the art.
 
2013-11-04 10:22:20 AM

Slaxl: Also I think it's the man going in blindfolded here who's the cocky one!


This is chess tradition.  The best players will take on a bunch of amateurs while giving themselves something that most people think of as a disadvantage.  They win almost every time, anyway.

Even a halfway decent tournament player (read: someone who has studied the game for a few years, with a rating around 1500) can beat multiple cocky non-players almost every time, though not with a blindfold.
 
2013-11-04 10:44:56 AM

degenerate-afro: PainInTheASP: We can only hope.  Quite frankly, the current crop of criminal masterminds is...lacking.

I don't know, I think Bank of America and Goldman Sachs are doing quite well for themselves.


They play chess while the people who are supposed to make sure they don't screw the system are playing Chutes and Ladders.
 
2013-11-04 10:49:34 AM
Professional chess players are really good. That is what they do. Same goes for any skill/athletic based event (arm wrestling, darts, pool, etc...).

Hell, there's a Youtube video of a professional arm wrestler arm wrestling a professional bodybuilder. The arm wrestler just toys with him then finishes him with zero effort.
 
2013-11-04 11:11:31 AM

degenerate-afro: PainInTheASP: We can only hope.  Quite frankly, the current crop of criminal masterminds is...lacking.

I don't know, I think Bank of America and Goldman Sachs are doing quite well for themselves.


That's just further evidence of the class divide and the decimation of the middle class - no more mid-level criminals.
 
2013-11-04 11:20:51 AM
I wish I could tell you that he fought the good match, and the Queens let him be. I wish I could tell you that - but prison is no fairy-tale chess game. He never said who did it, but we all knew it was a Greek Gift Sacrifice. Things went on like that for awhile - prison life consists of gambits and then counter-gambits. Every so often, he would show up with an exposed king. The Queens kept at him - sometimes he was able to check-mate 'em, sometimes not. And that's how it went for him - that was his Bronstein Delay. I do believe those first two years were the worst for him, and I also believe that if things had gone on that way, this place would have got the best of him
 
2013-11-04 11:23:23 AM
Was the grandmaster a woman or gay, because those are the only two groups of people still wearing clock bracelets?
 
2013-11-04 11:32:48 AM
Sports tab? Rolling out of bed in the morning is more of a sport than chess.
 
2013-11-04 11:41:53 AM
".... or his bunghole."
 
2013-11-04 12:19:35 PM
"I know I can beat him," he said. "I've been playing chess since the 6th grade."

He's been playing chess casually with friends and family and maybe the local chess club since he was a kid and he's probably read a couple of books on chess and he may even have memorized a handful of positions and gambits.

Gareev, if he is anything like his peers, lives the game. He studies chess theory and positions several hours a day, every day. For several years, he's poured over hundreds of games from contemporary and historical grandmasters and can likely reproduce them if called on to do so. He's achieved his rank by beating some of the best players in the world consistently.

You had no chance.
 
2013-11-04 12:30:50 PM
I doubt any of those matches got out of the book anyway.
 
2013-11-04 12:51:37 PM

DubtodaIll: I doubt any of those matches got out of the book anyway.


I would expect them all to have gotten out of the book very quickly, due to bad moves by the prisoners that immediately let Gareev win by tactics.
 
2013-11-04 01:36:19 PM
Why were the 10 inmatesblindfolded in the first place!?
 
2013-11-04 03:51:26 PM

Karma Chameleon: Sports tab? Rolling out of bed in the morning is more of a sport than chess.


Says someone who has never stayed focused on a single thing for upto to three hours straight. And then after a twenty minute break done it again. And then yet again.
 
2013-11-04 03:53:51 PM
Gareev played against 10 inmates on 10 different chess boards on Friday, with a black bandana covering his eyes.

Whoa, you're not allowed to fly those colors.
 
2013-11-04 04:10:03 PM
FTA: Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, who started the program last year, said the goal is to direct inmates away from their predilection toward seeking out instant gratification, and urge them to think before they act. He said chess teaches people patience and strategy, and acting impulsively will be devastating.

Great.  Now we are teaching our inmates to be Keyser Soze.
 
2013-11-04 04:29:32 PM
Came for the Murray Head references, leaving disappointed.
 
2013-11-04 07:10:07 PM
Well, I'm sure that will teach them to think ahead. This seems like it'll be about as successful as DARE.
 
2013-11-04 09:10:48 PM

SurfaceTension: degenerate-afro: I don't know, I think Bank of America and Goldman Sachs are doing quite well for themselves.

Indeed.


exactly why fight the law when you can just bribe it?
 
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